Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush makes local improvements easy. Photoshop Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush is a tremendous help when you want to adjust a specific region of your photograph without altering any of the other parts of the image. Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush tool is more precise than the Graduated Filter or the Radial Filter but using it properly requires mastering additional skills.
I demonstrate all of Photoshop Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush tool dynamics first in this video tutorial. Working efficiently with the Brush tool requires understanding how the Size, Feather, Flow, and Density sliders will affect your paint strokes. Once you understand the various Adjustment Brush settings, and once you have learned how to see the Adjustment Brush’s Mask Overlay, this is a really forgiving way to make sophisticated changes to specific regions of your raw file.
The Adjustment Brush is one of the most fun tools in Photoshop Lightroom and one of the most artistic. I round out this tutorial with two portraits where the Adjustment Brush helps me to remove a distracting background color and where the Brush tool makes it easy for me to improve the color in my subject’s eyes and teeth without leaving Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
While Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush is great, it is no substitute for Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop’s extensive collection of image repair tools are always a better choice for complex projects and Lightroom is not a substitute for Photoshop’s pixel level precision.